“Fear the drumstick!” (Globe Staff Photo/Mark Wilson)
Forget Al-Queda, protect us from marauding turkeys:
On a recent afternoon, Kettly Jean-Felix parked her car on Beacon Street in Brookline, fed the parking meter, wheeled around to go to the optician and came face to face with a wild turkey.
The turkey eyed Jean-Felix. Jean-Felix eyed the turkey. It gobbled. She gasped. Then the turkey proceeded to follow the Dorchester woman over the Green Line train tracks, across the street, through traffic, and all the way down the block, pecking at her backside as she went.
“This is so scary,” Jean-Felix said, finally taking refuge inside Cambridge Eye Doctors in Brookline’s bustling Washington Square. “I cannot explain it.”
Notify the neighbors: The turkeys are spreading through suburbia. Wild turkeys, once eliminated in Massachusetts, are flourishing from Plymouth to Concord and – to the surprise of some wildlife officials – making forays into densely populated suburban and urban areas, including parts of Boston, Cambridge and, most recently, Brookline.
It’s brutal–once you break eye contact, the turkeys know they own you. The only thing turkeys respect is strength. Consider the following:
September 4, 11:01 a.m., Chatham Circle and Chatham Street: Caller – who had gone under some beech trees to take a picture of turkeys – reports four turkeys chasing him. Requests animal control officer….
September 7, 7:39 a.m., Druce Street: Two packs of turkeys (15) in the road . . . Two not getting along….
Over an eight-hour stretch last week in Brookline, a lone turkey walked Beacon Street, strutting at times, preening at others, and napping every now and again in the landscaping near the sidewalk….
The problem, according to some Brookline residents, is that the turkeys can be aggressive at times. Dr. Ruth Smith, an internist from New York City, was staying with a cousin in Brookline a couple of weeks ago when she was stalked by what she describes as a 3-foot-tall turkey.
“He came at me and, at first, I tried to shoo him away,” Smith recalled. “I figured I’d just go ‘Shoo!’ and he’d go. But he was very aggressive.”
Smith said she escaped by ducking into the Dunkin’ Donuts on Beacon Street.
Not only are the turkeys disrupting our tourist industry, and, therefore, Our Way of Life, but they are even causing the breakdown of essential government services:
Brookline postal carrier Rosanne Lane said she has skipped houses on her mail route because turkeys dissuaded her from approaching.
“They make a lot of noise and I just take off,” said Lane.
This is unacceptable, but what is worse is that there are turkey sympathizers among us:
He tells people not to feed them, not to be intimidated by them, and to keep their distance. Still, some people cannot help themselves. They need to be near the turkeys.
They need to be near the turkeys? You are either for freedom or you are for the turkeys–there is no middle ground. To protect America, to protect your family, your children*, we need the following:
- A massive security barrier to prevent the turkeys from entering Massachusetts.
- Turkeys currently residing in Massachusetts will be rounded up and deported to Rhode Island, because Rhode Island is smaller than we are.
- More firepower. This is America–every problem can be solved by massive amounts of firepower. And maybe some citizens will be a little over-zealous and take out those fucking geese on the Esplanade.
- Cut taxes. What isn’t a good excuse for a tax cut?
- A non-competitive, cost-plus bid to a large defense contractor, preferably with ties to far-right theopolitical groups, to build the SuperBaster 9000:
The SuperBaster 9000: United We Stand
The defense of freedom requires no less.
*What? You want fucking S-CHIP or something?